As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like. I'll serve up more next Friday...
Pope Asks Christians to Rediscover ‘Beauty’ of Baptism - "The Pope said being a Christian means having a kind of life that involves a rebirth from God by grace. 'This rebirth is baptism, which Christ has given to the Church to regenerate men to new life,' he said."
The State Exists to Serve, Not Usurp, the Family - "If the Church is the soaring pillars and the spire of civil society, holding it together and giving it direction, the family is its foundation."
Here’s What Will Happen if Marriage is Redefined… - "The following are the prepared remarks given by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. on January 15, 2013 to the Rhode Island legislature during hearings on the proposed redefinition of marriage."
The Marriage Debate II: What States Really Can’t Do - "When a state claims the right to alter the definition of marriage to include same-sex relationships, it is tacitly claiming the right to redefine the number of persons who may make a marriage (why stop at two?); it is also tacitly claiming the right to redefine, by governmental fiat, every other pre-existing free association of civil society."
Andrew Cuomo’s Brave New 'Roe' - "Catholic bishops in New York’s Catholic Conference and pro-life groups are raising the alarm that Cuomo’s proposals are both “radical” and “dangerous” to unborn children, women and religious freedom."
Andrew Cuomo's Patriarchal Bargain - "Simply put, if women cannot fully participate in society without access to abortion on demand, the solution is not to pass out abortions like candy. The solution is to rewrite the rules of participation in society."
It’s Okay, Catholics – The President Just Declared Religious Freedom Day - [A little tongue-in-cheek piece on the President's attack on religious freedom.]
Hospital Will Stop Delivering Babies, Thanks to Obamacare - "The Obamacare legislation contains no safeguards to stop taxpayer funding of abortions or abortion businesses. Now, a Pennsylvania hospital has indicated it will stop delivering babies thanks to Obamacare."
Integrating Catholicism with Our Work – Five Actionable Ideas - "The challenge is to adopt new practices and strategies, not as a bunch of new 'to-dos,' but as part of a broader, unifying approach to balance and integration. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth the journey."
“So Help Me God” - "Religion of all types, especially Christianity, which has been America’s predominant faith, has promoted and inspired upright moral conduct. Religion fosters 'generosity, law-abidingness, helpfulness to others, civic engagement, social trust,' and other traits that are essential to the flourishing of a republic."
The White House’s Empty Gun Propaganda - "What if, instead of arguing about the instruments used by the killer, we started asking ourselves what possessed them to commit atrocities like Adam Lanza committed in Newton, and why they chose the targets they did."
No, these are not “our kids,” they are their parents’ kids to protect and raise. - "We are not a collective where kids, after birth (should they make it that far in Barack Obama’s Planned Parenthood-saturated America), become property of the state on loan, as it were, to the parents to raise so long as the state allows."
Why 'Time' Magazine 'Pro-Life' Cover Might Be No Big Deal - "I’ll believe we’re winning once I see a culture where individuals consistently live for others and not just for themselves."
The Cause of America’s Declining Birthrate - "The problem to ponder is not about fertility rates and the Great Recession, but about how to chase greed from the human heart once it’s found a home there."
Catholic Dorms at Non-Catholic Colleges - "Building upon the model pioneered at the University of Illinois, the Newman Student Housing Fund creates and operates faith-based housing on a growing number of campuses."
God Isn't Fair - "I'll tell you what is fair: evil. Evil doesn't care who you are, how good or bad you are, how important or trivial the thing is that you're enjoying: evil is perfectly willing to wreck it in any way it can, in a perfectly impartial way."
Praying as a Couple - "And all married couples should try to go to Mass together and to pray with your children, if you have them. But here are some other ideas for praying together as a couple, especially if you're pressed for time..."